New Year Job Hunting Advice

You’ve hit the New Year sales, you’ve got a snazzy new wardrobe for work but… you’d like a new job too. 

Most companies that are hiring in the New Year want someone to start as soon as possible – often with the perspective that it is better to start the year as they mean to go on. If they are ready, the question is: exactly how ready are you? 

In this blog you’ll find five key bits of advice for your New Year job hunt.  

1. Skills

It might be the case that you feel unsatisfied with your current job because you’ve outgrown it, but frustratingly you don’t quite have the skills for the job you want.  

Our advice would be: brush up on your skills first and start researching for your job hunt in the meantime. 

Try not to dive in straightaway and apply when you don’t necessarily have the skills required. Instead, put a plan of action in place to gather the skills you require according to a timeframe – and keep researching job opportunities too, so you can continue to finetune your application in the meantime, as well.  

Upskilling doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive pursuit; research online options and local colleges that work for you and your budget. For example, marketing professionals could explore this Diploma in Web Business Development and Marketing by Alison, Lynda.com has some great options too.  

Equally, look out for new job opportunities that have training opportunities as well. These could be a great option for learning on the job and progression within a business.  

2. Clean up your social media 

By now you probably know that potential employers and recruiters can and will search for your profile online. But that doesn’t mean you remember to do regular checks, ensuring posts are private or that your public Twitter account isn’t full of @ngry tweets. 

It is so easy to forget that people that are not your friends can see certain details about you whenever they want – for example, your profile picture and anything else public on your profile.  

Don’t forget though, social media can help your job search too. Read our blog on how to use social media to find a job. 

3. Connect with people

Talking about your New Year goals with friends and acquaintances is a really good way of finding out about jobs ahead of the job market. As well as potentially helping someone with a referral bonus! 

Start speaking more to a recruiter (like us!) as they will have experience and advice to share. Send us your CV today to get in touch 

4. Balance

Finding a job or even getting an interview might not be as forthcoming as you’d like. It might be a February rather than January New Year job, so with that in mind the key is to keep momentum going with your search and with your current role.  

Waking up on Massive Monday – the first working Monday after New Year – with a focus on job hunting DOES NOT mean going into work and slacking off until you leave.  

Never leave a bad impression anywhere, it is a small world after all and not only do you want those good references, but your next boss could be best friends with your old boss!  

5. Keep track of your application

Firstly, be selective and not desperate in your approach otherwise you could end up looking for a new job again by Easter.  Be realistic about the roles you’re applying for (for example, be honest with yourself whether the commute will be doable and if you really will be happy with a salary cut) and focus on jobs where your soft skills will be a good fit. 

We’ve all been there – the phone rings about a job but you’ve been applying for jobs and been a little ‘click-happy’ – and now you have no idea what job is what. Download our free downloadable job tracker and keep track of the jobs you’re applying for and make your New Year job search experience more productive and focussed.  

We wish you a happy job hunt in 2019! Remember, you can start your job search with Anne Corder Recruitment: browse our latest job vacancies.

About the Author

Emma Plummer

Emma Plummer

Recruitment Partner

Emma blogs for the ACR jobseekers’ blog covering tips on how to stand out, managing the job-hunting process and more.